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Foreign Campaign Medals Awarded to New Zealanders - The European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) Service Medal

Obverse View

The European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) Service Medal obverse view

Reverse View

The European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) Service Medal reverse view

About the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) Service Medal

The European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) Service Medal was awarded to New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel who served between 2 December 2004 and 30 June 2007 in the European Union Force (EUFOR) which supported the peace agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina.  This mission was also known as OP ALTHEA. In 2006, Her Majesty The Queen gave Her approval for the unrestricted acceptance and wear of the ESDP Medal by eligible NZDF personnel.

The length of qualifying service required for the medal was 30 days.

Between 1996 and 2007 the NZDF provided personnel to serve on various peace support missions in Bosnia. Between 1996 and 2004, these missions were NATO-led, but from 2 December 2004 the European Union took over leadership of the European Union Force (EUFOR) which supported the peace agreement for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The aim of the EUFOR mission was to help Bosnia and Herzegovina make the transition to a safe and secure environment, following years of ethnic-based conflict.

The Chief of Defence Force gave approval in 2006 for those personnel who have been awarded a NATO medal for service in Bosnia on or before 1 December 2004, and who completed the qualifying service for the award of the ESDP Service Medal after 2 December 2004, to wear both medals on NZDF uniform.

Clasps and Bars

The clasp 'ALTHEA' is worn on the medal ribbon.

Order of Wear

The position of this medal in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.

Other Campaign Medals awarded to New Zealanders for service in the Former Yugoslavia since 1992

The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) - Former Yugoslavia

The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Confidence Restoration Operation (UNCRO) - Croatia

The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP) - Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium (UNTAES) - northeast portion of Croatia

The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Mission of Observers in Prevlaka (UNMOP) - Prevlaka Peninsula, Croatia

The United Nations Medal for the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Medal for the Former Yugoslavia

The NATO Medal for Non-Article 5 Operations in the Balkans

The NATO Medal with clasp ‘Kosovo’